It's that time of the year--the end--that gives birth to all sorts of retrospectives. FlynnFiles is not immune to all this fleeting nostalgia for the recent past, so this week I'll be putting forth "best of" lists for 2004 in music, movies, books, and other stuff.
The first category is music, which has actually improved quite a bit the past two years if you haven't been paying attention. Below is my top ten list of songs from 2004. I know, I know--not all of the songs listed below were actually released in the last calendar year. But if they got significant radio play or mainstream attention in 2004, they're eligible for my 2004 list. My list is interactive. The links below bring you to my affiliate account on Amazon, where you can buy great music and contribute to the site's financial stability. The comments section below is for you to give the readership your list for 2004. Here is my list of the best songs of 2004:
10. Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart -- Old Habits Die Hard
9. Modest Mouse -- Float On
8. The Counting Crows -- Accidentally in Love
7. Keane -- Somewhere Only We Know
6. U2 -- City of Blinding Lights
5. The Killers -- Mr. Brightside
4. Wilco -- The Late Greats
3. Velvet Revolver -- Loving the Alien
2. The Killers -- All These Things That I've Done
1. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- Maps
Don't player hate. Player participate. Do you have a top ten? A top five? A top three? Let's see it in the comments section below.
#3 Team America: World Police “America, %#@! Yeah”
#2 Nada Surf "Inside of Love"
#1 U2 "Yahweh"
Accidentally in Love? Really? I like the Counting Crows but that song is just way too blah. I got tired of it after the first time I heard it. I agree with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and maybe the Killers but I would include Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out"
In no particular order, and along the same lines that "Maps" by the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs made the authors list, a couple of late '03 releases made mine; their prolonged radio airplay in '04 necessitated their mention. "Maps" would have my list but a certain teen sensations' song bumped it out.
"Such Great Heights" ~ The Postal Service
"Take Me Out" ~ Franz Ferdinand
"Yahweh" ~ U2
"Mr. Brightside" ~ The Killers
"First Of The Gang To Die" – Morrissey
"Somebody Told Me" ~ The Killers
"So Alive" ~ Ryan Adams
The new Lindsay Lohan song
"Silence Is Easy" ~ Starsailor"
"Starman ~ Seu Jorge"
"Miracle Drug" ~ U2
I DJ local benefits. One of the most popular for kids was Hey Ya by Outkast. Over and over again.
Myself, I am still stuck in the Jim Croce, Harry Chapin era.
Kind of funny, my teenagers listen to a mix of music with a ratio of about 60/40 old stuff to new. It’s less common to hear some of the bands mentioned in this post than to hear Hendrix or Zeppelin being played on their stereos or ipods.
At the risk of sounding like an old byproduct of flatulence, I would say that much of the new music has very little to offer. Couple of catchy tunes, yes. But, in general, not a lot of musical substance or innovation.
Finbar is brilliant. "So Alive" by Ryan Adams is a tremendous selection. It is in my top ten as well.
Another poor year for music but modest mouse,ryan adams,u2,my morning jacket, yeah yeah yeahs were all superp. Rather than the counting crows may I suggest a record of Gene Shallit covering Yoko Ono B sides.
Robby's TOP TEN IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER! BLING!
Switchfoot "Meant to Live"
Britney Spears "toxic" fine, call me "gay"
The U2 song.
John Maher song "da da dup da dup"
Franz Fernadan song
The Killers - Somebody Told Me
Maroon5 - This Love
JayZ - 99 problems
No Doubt - It's My Life
Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For!
OH..and one more.
Dashboard Confessional - "Vindicated" (on the Spiderman 2 soundtrack)
I worked with Daniel's little bro Barry in Maine this summer and fall. Musical tastes are similar between the two...but being this is a conservative website I thought we needed a list that included some country. This list is in no particular order:
1) Sara Evans- suds in the bucket
2) Chris Cagle- chicks dig it
3) Jay-Z- 99 problems
4) Jay-Z- what more can I say
5) Gretchen Wilson- redneck woman
6) Gretchen Wilson- i'm here for the party
7) Julie Roberts- break down here
8) Kenny Chesney- I go back
9) Big N' Rich- save a horse (ride a cowboy)
10) Snoop Dog- drop it like its hot
The Postal Service song that Finbar mentioned didn't come out in 2004 it came out well over two years ago in 2002 and got radio play immediately. To classify it as one of the best songs of 2004 would be like a critic classifying "An Officer And A Gentleman And an Older Gentleman" (1983), as the top male adult oriented film of 1987.
Hat, You make a great point. 1987 was a terrible year for male adult features. However, 1987 was the year of Heavy into Jeff.By the way, not one person has mentioned the greatest musical story of 2004, the reunion of Motley Crue and the remarkable health of its lead guitarist,Nick Mars. Nick looks better than ever. Tanned, toned and glowing of clean living. Nick is poised to rock out in 2005.Seriously, the guy makes Waylon Jennings look like Jack Lalane. What is up.
I'd say the top ten were:
10. Somebody Told Me - The Killers
9. Reach Up for the Sunrise - Duran Duran
8. Yeah - Usher
7. C'mon C'mon - The Von Bondies
6. Worn Me Down - Rachael Yamagata
5. Laura - Scissor Sisters
4. Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
3. I believe in you - Kylie Minogue
2. Take me Out - Franz Ferdinand
1. Slither - Velvet Revolver